ABC Africa (2002)

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Uganda, March 2000. At the request of the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development, Abbas Kiarostami and his assistant, Seifollah Samadian, arrive in Kampala. For ten days, their DV camera captures and caresses the faces of a thousand children, all orphans, whose parents have died of AIDS. It records tears and laughter, music and silence, life and death. It attests to Africa's sunny resilience to so much suffering and disease.

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Will do nothing to advance or detract from the reputation of the acclaimed Iranian filmmaker.

Feb 27, 2004

A gorgeous and surprisingly profound meditation on a place and its people.

Feb 27, 2004

Kiarostami has crafted a deceptively casual ode to children and managed to convey a tiny sense of hope.

Feb 24, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

The you-are-there style ultimately enhances ABC Africa's ability to get inside the soul of Uganda, and of the viewer.

Aug 15, 2002 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A movie of seemingly limpid transparency and tremendous, understated compassion.

Jul 20, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4

The people in ABC Africa are treated as docile, mostly wordless ethnographic extras.

May 21, 2002 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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